I have heard so many times — “I can’t draw.” My question is, “Have you tried?” Or do you expect it to just come to you naturally?

If you are a writer — you know that you only improve if you are interested and practice.

Here are 3 myths about creativity that need to be squished.

1. The ability to draw or create is inherited.

Not true. It is not necessary to have the right genes to draw. Everyone can learn. I did — you can.

Honestly I could not draw — or thought I couldn’t until I was told that everyone could draw. And I found that out to be true — with practice. Just as hockey players work at skills so artists need to refine their skills.

As a matter of fact it might be harder to create for those with an artist in the family as they might feel they would be judged.

 It’s like the seamstress whose children don’t know how to sew, or the cook whose children don’t think they can do as well.

Drawing can be taught. Drawing can be practised. All creative endeavours can be learned.

Yes they can be.

But you need to believe that you can.

 And you have to have the desire to learn.

Anyone, in a safe environment without judgment, will be free to try their hand at art.

2. There is a special way to draw or do art and you have to follow the rules.

Absolutely no. If you read any critiques on a piece of art, they are all different.

 Art is subjective. We all see different things. We react differently. 

I don’t believe art should be graded — certainly not like math or science.

There might be a few rules that help you get started. But rules are made to be broken in order to develop creativity.

Learn the rules — then expand. 

Try something new.

I tried a challenge of 33 dots and did many unique paintings.

33 Dots — Burden
3. Drawing and creating is just for fun. Don’t make it your life’s purpose.

This is a myth that I see and hear all the time. “Get a real job.” Writers hear those words too.

We can see that in most of our schools the arts have lost favour and have been replaced by the “basics”. But studies have shown that by using art, the “basics” will grow and thrive.

Inspiring creativity through art extends our desire to learn and grows problem solving and critical thinking ideas.

Some teachers know this and are supplementing the curriculum with art through groups like “Artists in the Schools” in Haliburton, where local artists of all kinds give their time to go and work with kids in the schools.

I know personally that my jump into the arts has extended my writing and reading capabilities in everything I try. It has made me feel wonderful accomplishing something I never thought possible.

It has opened a whole new realm of possibilities. And extended my dendrites in my brain.

Our Haliburton School of the Arts is an example of how students can learn and be trained in art to find viable and enjoyable professions. Check it out.

In my retirement I have found it refreshing to learn to be creative.

I wish I had started earlier and didn’t have hangups as a child thinking that it wasn’t possible. I now have written, illustrated and published two children’s picture books.

That’s from a “non-artist”. Now I can say, “I am an artist.”

There are other myths about creativity that I will share in another post.

I am rereading a wonderful book about art by Mona Brookes, called Drawing With Children. This post is based on one of the chapters that captivated my attention. I added my own thoughts as well.

Another about the Monart Method:

To recap the 3 myths:

  1. You don’t have to inherit “art genes” in order to do art.
  2. You must follow the rules to make art the right way.
  3. Drawing might be fun but don’t try to make it a full-time job.

I would love to hear your thoughts.

Follower of Jesus, writer, artist, podcaster. Author/illustrator of Tadeo Turtle & The Kingdom of Thrim. Illustrator of Remember The Seasons. Writes at JanisCox.com.
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Follower of Jesus, writer, artist, podcaster. Author/illustrator of Tadeo Turtle & The Kingdom of Thrim. Illustrator of Remember The Seasons. Writes at JanisCox.com.

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